how to get married in Sydney

I have celebrated hundreds of wedding ceremonies.  I know what works, what can go wrong, and how to make your ceremony memorable.

I keep the paperwork for you to a minimum, and make the process of getting married as relaxing, easy and fun for you as possible.  

I am always open to your thoughts and suggestions.  I will give you lots of practical advice.  We will work together to come up with a weddding ceremony that's really meaningful to you and engaging for your guests.

To cater to all budgets, I also offer basic wedding ceremonies that start from $350.  

Regardless of the package you order, you will always receive personalised attention and flexible service from me.  

The Process:

1.  Contact me to find out my availability for your chosen ceremony date and time. 
2.  Make a free appointment to see me at my home, or we can meet on Skype if it's inconvenient for you to travel to my location.

3.  The meeting.  At this meeting, we will discuss your ideas for the ceremony, particularly the style of the ceremony that you are looking for.  It's a chance for us to get to know one another and I'll explain the legal aspects and process of getting married.  We also agree on a fee.  Please bring with you: 

  • Your NOIM 

    • Read and follow the instructions on the form carefully.  
    • Please print pages 3 and 4 on both sides of ONE sheet of paper
    • You may leave the signature boxes on page 4 blank, and sign the NOIM in front of me when we meet.
  • Original copies of your birth certificate or passport 

  • If either of you have been married before, you will need to show me the official Certificate of Divorce or the original death certificate 

All documents need to be in English or have an official translation in English.

If you wish to go ahead and book my services at the end of this meeting, you can lodge your NOIM with me, paying a booking deposit ($100).  Otherwise, I'm happy for you to go home, mull over our discussion with your partner, and meet a few other celebrants.  The right celebrant should make you feel comfortable, understand what both of you want and project the right tone at your wedding ceremony.  

4.  After our meeting, I will either email you a questionnaire or draft sample ceremony.  I will also send you a guide for writing/selecting your vows, as well as a massive sample of vows and readings.  Then, we will basically email back and forth with changes or approvals until we have a script that you're completely happy with before your wedding day.  You will have unlimited consultations with me by internet, phone or face. 

5. Pay the balance of your account - due 7 days before the wedding.

6.  Wedding day.  I will arrive half an hour before the start of the ceremony, go over any leftover paperwork with you, and attend to anything that needs doing to make your ceremony go as smoothly as possible.  Make sure that there will be two witnesses over 18 years of age at the ceremony.   After the ceremony, I will present you with your official Marriage Certificate in a protective envelope to take home.  

If you wish to obtain a separate registered marriage certificate from the Registry office, don't forget to give me your completed application so I can organise for that certificate to be posted to your address.   This will save you a lot of hassle.

Residents of non-Commonwealth countries, please note that you will need an Apostille or Authentification stamp on your registered marriage certificate in order for your marriage to be recorded in your country of residence.  This stamp is obtained from Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade.